My name is Carrie. I am originally from Knoxville, Tennessee but now live in Norman, Oklahoma. I am an avid fan of the Tennessee Vols, all things Harry Potter, and the month of October. My biggest passion is working with people who have intellectual disabilities and promoting inclusion.

In 2014, I moved to India to care for a group of 12 orphaned children with various disabilities. I immediately fell in love with an adorable four year old girl with Down syndrome. Leaving her to move back to the U.S. was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. There hasn’t been a single day that I’ve ceased to think about her, pray for her, and dream about what life would be like as her mom. She has felt like my daughter since the day I met her, and I am am hopeful that one day she will be my daughter forever.

I work for Young Life Capernaum, a Christian ministry for teenagers and young adults with intellectual disabilities. Our mission is to introduce people with disabilities to Jesus and help them grow in their faith. Young Life exists all over the world, so please contact me if you’re interested in learning more or getting involved!

This blog will document my little girl and I’s journey to become a family – as well as cover topics like disability, inclusion, feminism, faith, and of course my ministry with Young Life Capernaum.

In order to make this blog completely accessible and more inclusive, I will be adding picture descriptions to every photo for readers who are visually impaired. I highly recommend that everyone start doing this – let’s make the internet accessible and inclusive!